Contests/Opportunities for all Grades
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - September 27th deadline
The contest is open to 12th graders, college undergraduates, or graduate students for any part of the school year in which the contest is held. The essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1600 words in length.
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:
- In Atlas Shrugged, the society’s leaders enact a series of laws and directives (the Equalization of Opportunity Bill, Mouch’s directives about the railroads of Colorado, Directive 10-289, etc.) that exercise increasingly arbitrary power. Describe one example of a major recent government policy decision in your country that resembles one of the edicts in Atlas Shrugged. How has this decision been justified by today’s leaders, and how do their claims resemble those given in Atlas Shrugged? In light of the story, what do you think Ayn Rand would expect to be the consequences of the policy you’ve described? Do you agree with her? Explain your answers.
- Francisco d’Anconia presents himself as a playboy who has abandoned serious concern for his family’s business. But early in the story Dagny realizes that Francisco’s public persona does not fit with the man she knows. Compare Francisco to another major figure in film, TV, or literature who adopts a similar double life to accomplish his purposes. How is he similar? How, in terms of his motives and methods, is he different? What kind of purpose could make the price of leading a double life like this worth paying? Explain your answers.
- After quitting her job, Dagny thinks this to herself: “It is not proper for man’s life to be a circle . . . or a string of circles dropping off like zeros behind him—man’s life must be a straight line of motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum, like a journey down the track of a railroad, from station to station to—oh, stop it!” How do Dagny’s thoughts here relate to the wider dilemma she faces at this point in the story? How does her dilemma relate to the wider themes of the novel? Explain your answers.
Prize money is up to $10,000
Red Deer & District Labour Council Essay Contest - October 31st deadline
Must be a grade 12 graduate of a Central Alberta High School attending a post-secondary institution in the fall. Write an essay of 1000 - 1500 words, based on “What Challenges & Opportunities has the COVID-19 pandemic presented for Unions?”
The prize money is $1000
Student Life Network - Full Ride 2021 Contest - December 31st deadline
The Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who are sixteen (16) years of age or older as of the date of entering the Contest. You are currently a registered student in good standing at an accredited university, college, or high school; and have only one active Student Life Network account which must be created before December 31st, 2021. You have a chance to win a 4-year tuition.
Prize money is $35,000
Lives That Make a Difference Essay Competition - The Contest begins on September 15, 2021
Students in grades 5 - 12 may enter by writing an essay based on someone they think made the biggest impact on Canadian society in 2020-2021